Everything I Can Do All On One Page, My Creative Resume Handout
Good, better, best, never let it rest till your good is better and your better is best.
My name is Caitlin Kappel and I am a visual communications major at BYU-Idaho. I have always loved to create and have developed skills in photography and design. I have an advanced understanding of different cameras and the Adobe Creative Suites. I am always looking for ways to improve and become better so that my clients get the best.
For my Creative Resume Handout I stuck with a simple design for a classic resume. My purpose in making it was so a future employer could look at a single page and see everything that I can do. I wanted it to be easy to understand and straight to the point. I created the layout of my resume in InDesign, I also used Adobe Illustrator to create the logos in the contact section. I incorporated the hexagon theme into my resume to go along with my logo, and I used the same color scheme that I had used for my business card.
I have always loved being adventures in life and in design I love to learn and try new things so if you ever would like to work together or if you are interested in my work please contact me!
I am determined to never let it rest until my good is better, and my better is best.
Some of the work I have done this semester for my Comm 316 class
“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” – Andy Warhol
This past semester I have taken a lot of photos and have learned so much. I took a class called professional imaging where I was able to practice a lot of different styles and techniques in photography and design. We did some light painting, macro, fine art, food, product, portraits, and a lot more. I love the idea of being able to capture a moment and save it. My goal in photography is to take photos that mean something. I want people to be able to look at my photos and feel like they are there or take them back to an important moment in their life.
Turning Fashion Photography into Ads
These were really fun to create. One of my favorite things to do is to incorporate design into photography. As I looked through my photos I also did some research on a few fashion companies and how they did their advertising. So I decided to do a few of my own. I really felt like all of these photos really go well with the ad I put with them. These are not really for the companies but I really like how these came out!
Hair and makeup– Melanie Pina Instagram: shanik_beauty, Julia Meirels Instagram: juliameirelesrj, https://www.facebook.com/melanieshanikpina?fref=ts
An Amazing place to take photos and for other events in Rigby, Idaho
In my last few post I show photos from a photo shoot I just did of high fashion photography. I love the photos so much I think that each photo I took has so much personality and a huge part of that is because of the location. I shot all the photos at The Venue in Rigby, Idaho. It was so nice and really was the perfect place to take any kind of photos. I love the cool lighting and its fun and easy atmosphere. Check out their website here!
Group Fashion Photography at The Venue in Rigby, Idaho
I think this is my favorite form of fashion photography. I love having posing people together sometimes it can be a little hard it took me a few tries to get the right pose but as I worked with each group we were able to find natural positions that looked awesome! Each photo has the models information and the lighting used. Check out these fashion photos!
Women’s fashion at The Venue in Rigby, Idaho
These women are beautiful, It was so much fun to take their photograph! They were all so willing to try new things and we really were able to create magic even in the cold. I really wanted to try some new things that I had never done before. It really helped to have some amazing models and amazing hair and makeup stylist. Below I will have links to their pages. On all the pictures it has the models name and the kind of lighting I used. Here’s my inspiration.
Hair and makeup– Melanie Pina Instagram: shanik_beauty, Julia Meirels Instagram: juliameirelesrj, https://www.facebook.com/melanieshanikpina?fref=ts
Take amazing Fashion Photos of Men
I had a ton of fun with this shoot. It was my first time really getting into mens fashion. Luckily I didn’t have to dress (check out @good_society and @thelionandthesociety on Instagram to see who did the styling ) them or anything I just got to take their photos. We went to The Venue in Rigby, ID. It’s a tiny town just south from where I live. I feel like I was able to practice so many different styles and each one is unique. The first half of these I just used natural lighting from outside, In the second half I used different forms of studio lighting like Einstein, a Beauty Dish and an Apollo Orb.Check out this link to see where I got some inspiration. Also shout out to Harts tux and gowns for letting us use there tux! Hart’s By LaNeige Great place for prom and bridal dresses as well as fabulous tuxedos! Located in Idaho Falls, ID Find THE ONE at Harts!
The First Half of The Photo Shoot I Did For Elite Talent & Models
I got his awesome opportunity to take photos for a modeling class. The teacher of the class wanted a Calvin Klein look. So she wanted a soft light and mostly black and white photos. We had the models wear simple clothes like a solid shirt and jeans with minimal makeup and jewelry. She showed me a few pictures of what she wanted and I did some research of my own so that I would be able to get the right angles and lighting and also know how to pose the models. When I first got to the location it was in a TV studio so the lighting was a little harsh but we found a way to dim them and also we would sometimes bounce the light off the wall to make it a little softer. There was about 10 models in the class and each one of them was very different so it was fun to work with lighting and angles to get the best photos for each of them. Elite Talent & Modeling is a great way for people to gain experience in modeling and to refine their skills. I was a ton of fun atmosphere and we all enjoyed ourselves. Check out Elite Talent & Models here.
Creating Fun Images With Auxiliary Lighting and Settings
I had so much fun with this photo shoot Julia Meireles is not only a very talented photographer but also a beautiful model. We had a lot of fun as she pretended to be a chef on a cooking show. I used two speedlights and a trigger to get the lighting. I love the soft clean look of these photos. This lighting is perfect for in the studio or in a different location, the speedlight are so portable they make it so easy to get the perfect lighting anywhere.
Taking Good Group Portraits Using Auxiliary Lighting
Another very important skill all photographers need to know is how to take a good group portrait. There are many reasons and ways to take a group portrait for ads or family photos, or even for your business (check out this link) but I think one of the most important things to remember is positioning. Just like any design or photo it is so important to get the right positioning to make a visually appealing group photo. Sometime it can also be hard to get the right lighting because there are many focal points, for all of these photos I used an auxiliary light to help me balance out the photos. The first photo I made an ad for Mutual, a dating app. I used the same lighting in the first three photos I used speedlights with an apollo and flash grid, and for the last two photos I used two auxiliary lights with soft boxes on them.
Celebrating Graduates With Studio Lighting
I really have fallen in love with portrait photography. I have been learning a lot about how to pose people and how to make them feel comfortable so that you are able to capture the perfect photo. I don’t know about you but I always get super nervous when I am getting my picture taken, that is a big reason why I like to be behind the camera, so it is so important that you know how to make people feel comfortable so that their photo will look natural. Sometime it takes a few tries but the more experience you have the more efficient you can be. One of my favorite things to do with anyone I am taking a photo of is to get to know them a little better and to find out what they like about themselves so I can make that the focus of the photo. By doing this your client will like the photo better and it will come off more genuine. Each one of these photos was taken using studio lighting; the first two are using two Einsteins on either side (click here to see more of this style). The third photo is using just one Einstein light, and in the last three I used two auxiliary lights with soft boxes to give them a really soft light.
My take at a Mike Kelly Exterior Architecture Photo
This photo ended up being a lot of work for me but I think it turned out pretty cool. So Mike Kelly is an amazing photographer who primarily takes photos of architecture. He has a way of doing that makes him very unique and makes amazing images. What he does and what I tried to do in this photo is you start with a HDR photo and then you use a external flash to light up different parts of the house, then you merge them together for added detail and depth. Attached I have my HDR photo and all my photos I usually you will have more flash pictures but I tried to do this alone and I ended up getting a pretty good workout running from my camera to different parts of the yard to light up the house. Next time I do this I will for sure have someone help me or use a cam ranger.
Outdoor Architecture Photos
In these photos I experimented with different ways to take exterior architecture photos. All of them I shot with my Canon 7D and a Tokina 11-16 lens. The photo of the house was taken as a bracketed photo and them merged together in Lightroom. The other two photos just have a few edits done in Lightroom. Check out this link to see what inspired me.
To see another version of this picture click here.
Interior Photos of a Home
This was my first attempt at doing interior architecture in a home. My Aunt lives in Idaho Falls and has a beautiful home and let me come and take pictures of it. I used my Canon 7D with a Tokina 11-16 lens. I put my camera on a tripod and took bracketed shots of each room and merged them together in Lightroom. Check out this pinterest bored that inspired me.
How to get the perfect light while shooting special effects
In my last two post Balancing The Light: Epic Portrait and Balancing the Light: Mobile Triangle Snoot I talked about some of the struggles that can happen as you are trying to take the perfect portraits outside and on the go. Another struggle that happens is when you are trying to balancing the light and shoot special effects.
In this first picture I used my Canon 7D and Yongnuo Flash to freeze motion and have a strong focus on the strawberries. In the second photo I took it in a barn with a fog machine and colored gels on my flash. The fog gave a really soft light and the gels gave me different colors. In the third photo it was also taken in the barn with a fog machine with natural light coming from outside. I really like how all of the photos have come out. As you practice balancing light and try new things to make special effect you can capture some amazing shots. Here are some other cool photos of how people have balanced in photos with special effects.
Have the perfect light anywhere you go using the mobile triangle snoot method
In my last post I talked about how it can be hard to balance out your light to get the perfect portrait. In this post I will talk about the same thing but by using a special technique my professor came up with called MTS or Mobile Triangle Snoot. It is the perfect way to get amazing lighting wherever you go and still be mobile. One of my least favorite things is when I feel like I am carrying a ton of stuff around with me, it can be uncomfortable and limits your ability to do what you want. What I used for these photos is my Canon 7D, a Yongnuo Manual Flash Controller and flash, and a large Rogue flash bender with softener on. What you do is hold the flash with the flash bender on at about a 90 degree angle from your subject so you create a triangle between you, your flash, and your subject. Check out Channing Merrell’s website to learn more about this.
Finding The Perfect Balance of Light to Make an Epic Portrait
Sometimes it can be really hard to get the perfect lighting for pictures. I learned an amazing way to balance out the light so that you will be able to capture some epic portraits. Also all of these pictures are of Baylie Jones she is not only a great model but super talented, check out her website here!
Sometimes we take pictures and our subject is exposed but the background gets totally washed out.
Other times we take a photo and our background looks great but our subject is dark. How can we balance out the light?
The trick is to use external light preferable off camera that way you get a natural light but your background and our subject are both exposed once you get this down you will get some epic portraits.
My Fine Art Print Is In The Spori At BYU-Idaho
Something really cool is happening this week, one of my photo’s from The Grand Teton National Park is going to be on display at BYU-Idaho in the Spori building! I am so excited, this will be the second time my work has been shown there. For everyone in Rexburg you should come and check out my work it will also be featured with some of my amazing classmates work! I love taking pictures and creating but what makes it even more fun is being able to share it with others! For those who can’t make it to BYU-Idaho here is my final edited photo and my original photo. I just made some small edits with the exposure, clarity, and I spot corrected a few places in Lightroom and then sharpened it in Photoshop. Check out some past fine art prints that were also featured in the Spori.
Lazy shutter light painting outdoors
I loved taking these shots! It was so much fun to play with the camera setting and light to create these. I love how easy light painting is and if done right you don’t have to edit much in post. Well I guess that depends on what kind of light painting you do. The first picture of the barn was done by taking multiple shots and blending them together using Lightroom and some Photoshop. It was really fun to create this, I set up my camera and turned off the lights and ran around everywhere with an external flash lighting up different parts of the barn. Luckily I had some help from some classmates because it was a huge barn. It was really fun and I think it turned out really cool. I hope you like them, also to see more examples of light painting check out my teachers website and see her work, she is amazing!
Lazy shutter light painting indoors
I have dabbled in light painting a few times in the last few years and I never get sick of it. I love how every shot you take it different and you can make things look so different just by the different ways you shine light on it.I also like it because its actually pretty simple.
Light painting break down:
You Need- Tripod, camera, flash light
Directions- find and interesting object you would like to photograph, leave your shutter open for an extended amount of time (lazy shutter), frame your shot and focus, turn off lights, press shutter, and point your flash light on what you want to show up in your photo. If you want to see more ideas and to learn more about how to light paint click here!